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The 1841 and subsequent censuses are all indexed online and can be searched by name, age, birthplace, or locality. Most of the commercial companies also have images available for download. The indexes can be problematic in that names can be spelled in various ways and indexers&nbsp;sometimes failed to interpret the spellings correctly. If you cannot find a person it means you need to vary your search parameters. The information in an index may be incorrect or incomplete. If you believe your ancestor was in a particular census area, search the census even if your ancestor is not in the index.<br>  
 
The 1841 and subsequent censuses are all indexed online and can be searched by name, age, birthplace, or locality. Most of the commercial companies also have images available for download. The indexes can be problematic in that names can be spelled in various ways and indexers&nbsp;sometimes failed to interpret the spellings correctly. If you cannot find a person it means you need to vary your search parameters. The information in an index may be incorrect or incomplete. If you believe your ancestor was in a particular census area, search the census even if your ancestor is not in the index.<br>  
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The Subscription websites have a variety of indexes, and or images of church records, military records, civil registration indexes, and a variety of other records. A collection of England census records that can be found at subscription websites:  
 
The Subscription websites have a variety of indexes, and or images of church records, military records, civil registration indexes, and a variety of other records. A collection of England census records that can be found at subscription websites:  
  
*[http://www.findmypast.co.uk www.findmypast.co.uk]&nbsp;&nbsp; 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881,&nbsp; 1891, 1901, '''1911''' are indexed with images. Searching by address is possible.&nbsp;&nbsp; This is a pay-per-view and subscription website. Findmypast&nbsp; is available for free use at the Family History Library and [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]. A wiki article has been written on census records on [[Findmypast.co.uk|findmypast]].  
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*[http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-united-kingdom-records-in-census-land-and-surveys/and_census www.findmypast.co.uk] or [http://search.findmypast.com/search-united-kingdom-records-in-census-land-and-substitutes/and_census findmypast.com]1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, '''1911''' are indexed with images. Searching by address is possible. This is a pay-per-view and subscription website. Findmypast is available for free at the Family History Library and [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers]].  
*[http://www.ancestry.co.uk/ www.ancestry.co.uk] or [http://www.ancestry.com www.ancestry.com] 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, '''1911'''&nbsp; are indexed with images.&nbsp; This is a subscription website.&nbsp; The added benefit at ancestry.com is you can link census images to your online tree. &nbsp; The library edition of ancestry.com is available for free use at the Family History Library, and regional <span style="text-decoration: underline;">F</span>[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|amily History Centers]].&nbsp; A wiki article has been written on how best to [[England, Using Ancestry.com and Ancestry.co.uk for English Research|search census records on Ancestry.]]  
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*[http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/group/ukicen www.ancestry.co.uk] or [http://search.ancestry.com/Places/UK/England/Default.aspx?category=35 www.ancestry.com] 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, '''1911''' are indexed with images. This is a subscription website. The added benefit at Ancestry.com is you can link census images to your online tree. The library edition of Ancestry.com is available for free at the Family History Library, and regional [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]. A wiki article has been written on how best to [[England, Using Ancestry.com and Ancestry.co.uk for English Research|search census records on Ancestry.]]
*&nbsp;[http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/ <span style="text-decoration: underline">The Genealogist</span>]&nbsp; 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, '''1911'''. )&nbsp; Searches are conducted on a county basis using an address, placename, keyword, forename or surname.&nbsp; Requires a subscription.&nbsp; '''Volunteers''' may transcribe census records in exchange for search credits. Free at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp family history centers] and the Family History Library.  
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*[https://www.myheritage.com/research?s=242995411 MyHeritage] has indexes with images for censuses: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911. It is a subscription website.
*[http://www.origins.net/BOWelcome.aspx Britishorigins] Censuses for England and Wales for 1841, 1861, and 1871.
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*[http://www.ukcensusonline.com/transaction/products.php UK Census Online] has indexes with images for censuses: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911. It is a subscription website.
*The [http://www.1901censusonline.com/main.asp?wci=welcome 1901 census online site] contains a free searchable index. Not only does this site contain the 1901 census, but it contains the 1841 - 1891 censuses as well.&nbsp; There is a fee to view transcriptions and images.
 
*The [http://www.1911census.co.uk/ 1911 census online site] contains a free searchable index.&nbsp; There is a fee to view transcriptions and images. <br>
 
  
 
== Non-subscription Websites  ==
 
== Non-subscription Websites  ==
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A collection of British census records can be found at various non-subscription websites: '''(Volunteer driven websites)'''  
 
A collection of British census records can be found at various non-subscription websites: '''(Volunteer driven websites)'''  
  
*'''Volunteers''' have been indexing the 1841 to 1891 census for many years at [http://www.freecen.org.uk/cgi/search.pl FreeCen].&nbsp; Check to see if [http://www.freecen.org.uk/statistics.html your county and or parish] has been indexed.&nbsp; If it has then this site will be of value to you. '''Volunteers''' are always needed to keep the site growing. Complete transcription of households are on this website.  
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*'''FreeCen''' - '''Volunteers''' have been indexing the 1841 to 1891 census for many years at [http://www.freecen.org.uk/cgi/search.pl FreeCen]. Check to see if [http://www.freecen.org.uk/statistics.html your county and or parish] has been indexed. If it has then this site will be of value to you. '''Volunteers''' are always needed to keep the site growing. Complete transcription of households are on this website.  
*The [[England and Wales 1841 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1841]], [[England and Wales 1851 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1851]], [[England and Wales 1861 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1861]], 1871, [[England and Wales 1881 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|'''1881''']], [[England and Wales 1891 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1891]], [[England and Wales Census, 1901 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1901]], [[England and Wales Census, 1911 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1911]] England and Wales census indexes can be searched for free at&nbsp;[https://familysearch.org/ <span style="text-decoration: underline;">familysearch.org</span>].&nbsp;&nbsp; The census shows people in families, providing needed relationships to trace ancestry; however, the <u>familysearch indexes&nbsp; shows individuals out of context with their families</u>.&nbsp; You will need to consult a subscription based website or a website that provides full transcription to see a family in context. <span style="font-family: 'arial','sans-serif'" />There is one exception, the [[England and Wales 1881 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1881 census]].<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org FamilySearch.org] - The [[England and Wales 1841 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1841]], [[England and Wales 1851 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1851]], [[England and Wales 1861 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1861]], [[England and Wales Census, 1871 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1871]], [[England and Wales 1881 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|'''1881''']], [[England and Wales 1891 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1891]], [[England and Wales Census, 1901 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1901]], [[England and Wales Census, 1911 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1911]] England and Wales census indexes can be searched for free at [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1986340?region=England FamilySearch.org]. The original census return shows people in families, providing needed relationships to trace ancestry; however, the FamilySearch indexes show individuals out of context with their families. You will need to consult a subscription based website or a website that provides full transcription to see a family in context. There is one exception, the [[England and Wales 1881 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|1881 census]].  
*A full transcription of the 1881 census can be viewed on ancestry.com and findmypast.co.uk and familysearch.org without a subscription or fee.
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*'''1881 Census''' - A full transcription of the 1881 census can be viewed on [https://Ancestry.com Ancestry.com] and [https://findmypast.com.uk Findmypast.co.uk] and [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1986340?region=England Familysearch.org] without a subscription or fee.
  
 
== Tips for Searching Census Indexes Online  ==
 
== Tips for Searching Census Indexes Online  ==
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Here are some tips for searching in online indexes.  
 
Here are some tips for searching in online indexes.  
  
*Searching online census indexes using [http://genealogy.about.com/cs/searchtips/a/ancestry_2.htm wildcards] [http://www.1911census.co.uk/content/default.aspx?r=33&132 wildcards] [http://www.origins.net/help/helpsearchtips.aspx#wildcards wildcards] is essential for success. Not every website may utilize the exact same wildcards. You may have to experiment with it.
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*Searching online census indexes using [http://websearch.about.com/od/howtomakesearcheasy/ss/The-Top-Ten-Web-Search-Tricks-Everyone-Should-Know.htm wildcards] is essential for success. Not every website may utilize the exact same wildcards. You may have to experiment with it.
  
 
When searching census records, consider the following:<br>  
 
When searching census records, consider the following:<br>  
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*Ages are prone to be inaccurate.  
 
*Ages are prone to be inaccurate.  
 
*Birthplaces may be misspelled or inaccurate.  
 
*Birthplaces may be misspelled or inaccurate.  
*'''Find the family in every possible census and compare information'''.&nbsp;
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*'''Find the family in every possible census and compare information'''.  
 
*Always consult the original census image, don't rely on indexes or transcriptions.<br>  
 
*Always consult the original census image, don't rely on indexes or transcriptions.<br>  
*Consider using [[Census_Street_Indexes|street addresses]] to locate people in the census.&nbsp; A relative may be living at a previous or future address.[[England, Using Ancestry.com and Ancestry.co.uk for English Research|<br>]]
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*Consider using [[Census_Street_Indexes|street addresses]] to locate people in the census. A relative may be living at a previous or future address.[[England, Using Ancestry.com and Ancestry.co.uk for English Research|<br>]]
  
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The 1841 and subsequent censuses are all indexed online and can be searched by name, age, birthplace, or locality. Most of the commercial companies also have images available for download. The indexes can be problematic in that names can be spelled in various ways and indexers sometimes failed to interpret the spellings correctly. If you cannot find a person it means you need to vary your search parameters. The information in an index may be incorrect or incomplete. If you believe your ancestor was in a particular census area, search the census even if your ancestor is not in the index.

Subscription Websites

The Subscription websites have a variety of indexes, and or images of church records, military records, civil registration indexes, and a variety of other records. A collection of England census records that can be found at subscription websites:

  • www.findmypast.co.uk or findmypast.com1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 are indexed with images. Searching by address is possible. This is a pay-per-view and subscription website. Findmypast is available for free at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.
  • www.ancestry.co.uk or www.ancestry.com 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 are indexed with images. This is a subscription website. The added benefit at Ancestry.com is you can link census images to your online tree. The library edition of Ancestry.com is available for free at the Family History Library, and regional Family History Centers. A wiki article has been written on how best to search census records on Ancestry.
  • MyHeritage has indexes with images for censuses: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911. It is a subscription website.
  • UK Census Online has indexes with images for censuses: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, and 1911. It is a subscription website.

Non-subscription Websites

A collection of British census records can be found at various non-subscription websites: (Volunteer driven websites)

  • FreeCen - Volunteers have been indexing the 1841 to 1891 census for many years at FreeCen. Check to see if your county and or parish has been indexed. If it has then this site will be of value to you. Volunteers are always needed to keep the site growing. Complete transcription of households are on this website.
  • FamilySearch.org - The 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 England and Wales census indexes can be searched for free at FamilySearch.org. The original census return shows people in families, providing needed relationships to trace ancestry; however, the FamilySearch indexes show individuals out of context with their families. You will need to consult a subscription based website or a website that provides full transcription to see a family in context. There is one exception, the 1881 census.
  • 1881 Census - A full transcription of the 1881 census can be viewed on Ancestry.com and Findmypast.co.uk and Familysearch.org without a subscription or fee.

Tips for Searching Census Indexes Online

Here are some tips for searching in online indexes.

  • Searching online census indexes using wildcards is essential for success. Not every website may utilize the exact same wildcards. You may have to experiment with it.

When searching census records, consider the following:

  • Names may be misspelled. Try spelling variations. Even consider different first letters.
  • Ages are prone to be inaccurate.
  • Birthplaces may be misspelled or inaccurate.
  • Find the family in every possible census and compare information.
  • Always consult the original census image, don't rely on indexes or transcriptions.
  • Consider using street addresses to locate people in the census. A relative may be living at a previous or future address.